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2012 APSA Africa Workshop

Are you an African scholar studying politics at an African university? Apply for the 2012 APSA Africa Workshop. Here's the official announcement with application information:

2012 Africa Workshop: Deadline for Applications is March 30

It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you of the 2012 Africa Workshop, jointly convened by the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the University of Botswana. APSA is accepting applications for participation through March 30, 2012 and would appreciate your help in sharing news of this opportunity. Up to 22 Africa-based scholars will be selected, as well as four advanced PhD students from US-based universities.

The 2012 Africa Workshop, entitled “Local Communities and the State in Africa” will be led by Professors Parakh Hoon (Virginia Tech), Lauren MacLean (Indiana University), Joseph Mbaiwa (Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun Campus), Sethunya Mosime (University of Botswana, Gaborone Campus), and Lungisile Ntsebeza (University of Cape Town). The two-week workshop will be held from July 15 to 27 at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, and will include a special focus on field research methods.

This year's workshop is the fifth in APSA’s annual Africa Workshop program; previous workshops have been held in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania. By bringing together up to 22 Africa-based scholars, as well as four advanced PhD students from US-based universities, the program aims to enhance the capacities of political scientists in Africa and build lasting networks between African scholars and their colleagues in the United States. While the event primarily caters to political scientists, it is also open to scholars from any social science discipline with research relevant to the workshop theme. Since 2008, approximately 100 African and US-based scholars have participated in the workshop series. APSA, with support from the Mellon Foundation, covers all costs associated with participation.

Participants at this year’s workshop will explore a series of interrelated theoretical and methodological themes related to the study of African states and sub-national actors. The primary goal of the workshop is to support participants in publishing their research.

Program information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the online 2012 Application Form can be found on the APSA Africa Workshop website. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are engaged in work related to this workshop’s theme, I welcome you to submit an application. Please also feel free to forward this information and share news of this opportunity as appropriate. APSA is continuously seeking to attract promising scholars to the workshops. We would particularly like to increase the number of applications submitted by women who are based in Africa.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Andrew Stinson, APSA's Africa Workshops Coordinator, at africaworkshops@apsanet.org. To download a PDF version of the call for applications, click here.


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